Colombia: Civil-Military Relations in the Midst of War
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Civil-military relations deal not only with who makes decisions about the use of force but what is decided. Any discussion of civil-military relations must address how the military relates to elements of civil society, including insurgents, nacrco-traffickers and other criminals, paramilitary militias, and nongovernmental organizations, especially those groups focused on human rights. In this context, assessing civil military relations in Colombia requires appreciation of several factors a long standing democratic tradition, the evolution of the defense sector since the Cold War, and the efforts by the armed forces to stabilize civil-military relations in a war-torn society.
- Sociology and Law
- Military Forces and Organizations